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Jeff Carter Quintet to perform at Ohio University Southern

Published 12:00am Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Jeff Carter Quintet with guest vocalist from Ashland will bring its unique blend of big band swing, smooth jazz, and instrumental pop musical styles to the Ohio University Southern Riffe Center Mains Rotunda at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The concert is presented by the Ironton Council for the Arts. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting the arts council web site at Ohio University students will be admitted free with student ID.

The quintet consists of Carter on tenor saxophone; Spencer Bolt, piano; Michael Moore, guitar; Chris Justice, bass; Dave Knipp, drums and Anne Stephens, guest vocalist.

Currently, saxophonist Jeff Carter runs a variety of wedding bands — solo sax to 17-piece big band — based in the Tri-State area of Ashland Ky., Huntington W.Va., and Ironton. Carter can also be found working with one of Lexington’s Hottest Party Bands —PLATINUM.

Jeff has been entertaining audiences since 1987. A graduate of Morehead State University, he has performed one-night stands with such nationally renowned acts as: The Temptations, Wayne Newton, The Drifters, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Boxtops, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, and has worked as music director for Bob Newhart.

He has also opened shows for Chubby Checker, The Kingsmen, Sha-Na-Na, Felix Cavaliere and the Young Rascals, Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels, Highway 101, The Vogues, The Commodores, Steppenwolf, The Little River Band, and Comedian-Carl Hurley.

Carter has been providing music at wedding receptions and events for more than 25 years. He is based in the Tri-State area of Ashland Ky., Huntington W.Va., and Ironton.

He most commonly performs for weddings and wedding receptions within a one-hour radius of Ashland. With a sound that you might expect to find only in larger metro areas, his saxophone sound is unique to the Tri-State.

With more than 20 years experience working with some of Lexington’s most popular Motown/soul-based wedding bands, Carter brings a very modern sound to an instrumental setting in today’s market.

He performs in various settings and in various styles. From cocktail trio to a 17 piece Big Band, Jeff brings the “Great American Songbook” alive with the sounds of the Big Band Era as well as the sounds of Sinatra, many of which have found a recent return to popularity and a new group of younger fans thanks to artists such as Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick, Jr.

For a more modern sound, it’s the soulful sounds of Smooth Jazz & Instrumental Pop. After 20-plus years of playing wedding receptions as a sideman in some of Lexington’s most popular wedding bands, tenor saxophonist Jeff Carter now steps into the spotlight to offer a new and unique sound to his audience.

For additional information, visit Jeff Carter’s web site at

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